Eleven students and staff are traveling to New Orleans in December as part of Alternative Winter Break 2010. They will volunteer with the nonprofit organization Phoenix of New Orleans, helping rebuild houses and community sites while exploring recovery efforts five years after Hurricane Katrina.
Nine students and staff are traveling to Little Rock, Arkansas, in December as part of Alternative Winter Break 2010. They will volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and explore the issues of homelessness and affordable housing, and how they fit into the larger Little Rock community.
Six students from Corporate Communications and Public Affairs in will serve as communications interns at nonprofit organizations in Taos, NM this summer. By day, students will work with national and regional organizations, including Habitat for Humanity and The Harwood Museum; addressing issues from at-risk youth and the environment to housing and the arts. By night, they will attend classes at the SMU-in-Taos campus. Additionally, students will serve as marketing and event volunteers for the annual Taos Solar Music Festival.
Catherine, a senior CCPA major in SMU's Meadows School of the Art and a member of the SMU rowing team, attended the Public Relations Student Society of America national conference in San Diego in November 2009. Faculty adviser Christy Baily-Byers and three other SMU students also attended.
Charanya is a junior President's Scholar with a triple major in political science, French and finance. She is interning this summer in Washington, D.C., at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a nonpartisan research institute.The recipient of the Jack C. and Annette K. Vaughn Foreign Service and International Affairs Internship through SMU's John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, Charanya is working in the center's International Security Studies Division, helping compile research for her supervisor's new book, which focuses on the re-integration of rogue and pariah states, such as Libya, South Africa after apartheid, Russia and China. She'll also help with an upcoming book launch.
Christy is a junior majoring in art history, with minors in classical studies and archaeology. This spring she attended College Art Association, a conference that unites a creative community of artists, art historians, art educators, critics, curators and museum professionals.
Chester is participating in the Debakey Summer Surgery Program through the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston this summer. The program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to work with faculty, surgical residents, medical students, and nurses. During the eight weeks, students become familiar with the hospital environment, the operating room, and the lifestyle of a surgeon. They are expected to become an integral part of their surgical teams by participating in rounds, surgery, and conferences.